A statewide deer hunting season specifically for the use of primitive muzzleloader firearms traditionally opens the second Saturday in December.
A limited number of "any deer" licenses are available to residents only.
"Antlerless deer" permits are available to both residents and nonresidents and sold through the end of the season.
- Season Dates:
Muzzleloader Deer - Dec. 1, 2013 - Jan. 15, 2014
- Muzzleloader Deer Application
(Available - June )
(First Deadline - August 30 )
- Apply Online
- Leftover Licenses
- Drawing Results
- Past Drawing Statistics
- Public Hunting Areas
- Big Game Regulations
- Request information be mailed
- Tentative Future Season Dates
- View all applications / deadlines
Surveys and reports
Muzzleloader Deer Unit Map
- Hunters must wear fluorescent orange and use only legal muzzleloaders with open sights.
- Smokeless powder is not allowed during muzzleloading seasons.
- Prohibiting smokeless powder is intended to keep muzzleloading equipment and ammunition somewhat primitive as intended, and from developing to the level where there is little or no difference in ballistics between these firearms and high-powered rifles used for regular seasons.
- Basically all current black powder types and the newer black powder "equivalent" powders or pelletized powders will remain legal. Only a few of the more recent muzzleloading firearms use smokeless powder, so existing muzzleloading hunters shouldn't experience any change.
- Hunters who want to use smokeless powders in a muzzleloader can still use these firearms during the regular rifle seasons.